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The Biodiversity Project « Joel Sartore

The Biodiversity Project « Joel Sartore

BBC Nature - Corals inflate to escape being buried alive in sand 8 February 2012Last updated at 03:38 By Victoria Gill Science reporter, BBC Nature Footage captured over 20 hours shows the coral inflating and deflating to throw off sand Coral might appear solid and inanimate, but surprising new footage of a mushroom coral inflating itself to escape a sandy burial has brought the organism to life. A scientist from the University of Queensland used timelapse photography to capture the footage. It was already known that the species could release itself from the sandy seabed, but it was not clear how. Since corals move so slowly, time-lapse imagery was used to find out. Dr Pim Bongaerts captured the footage and published his findings in the journal Coral Reef. As sandy sediments shift on the seabed, corals need to breathe and prevent themselves from being smothered. "Sedimentation presents a major threat for corals, as they can become covered in a layer of sand from which they are unable to escape," explained Dr Bongaerts. Inflate and deflate

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Penguin Cam, Ustream.TV: Penguin Cam - Topside In honor of Discovery Channel and the BBC's groundbreaking Frozen Planet series, we are proud to bring you We are pleased to announce the Penguin Cam will continue to broadcast LIVE in HD on the SeaWorld website beginning June 1. Join us every day to watch these funny and fascinating creatures swim, slide, eat and waddle around SeaWorld’s state of the art facility. Kept at a brisk 25°F year-round and featuring nearly 300 penguins from five different species, there's only two places in the world you can get this experience – Antarctica and SeaWorld. Tune in for periodic penguin feedings throughout the day. Frequently Asked Questions Where is this? How many penguins are here and what types are there? Why is the picture blurry?

SkySafari Have you ever looked up at the night sky and gazed in wonder at it's beauty? How about in the comfort of your own home!? Well now you can with Vortex Planetarium, one of the most feature complete planetariums on the Android Market. Combining simplicity and beauty with unrivalled features and power, let Vortex provide you with a stunning view of the night sky. Features Augmented Reality (with camera support) Hold your device to the sky and see an accurate representation of the stars and planets. Location View the sky from any location - Use GPS, Network Provider or our powerful search feature to show you the night sky at your current location, or even the other side of the world. Time slider Using our inovative time slider, you can see how the skies looked at any point in time, with fine control over the abilty to rewind, or fast-forward time. Huge object database With over 20,000 objects to discover, you wont run out of things to search for! Facts and figures Events What's up?

Non-Trashy Recycled and Trash Art Artists are usually ahead of the curve when it comes to being green. The artists featured here exclusively use recycled and/or trash to make pieces of contemporary art. These artists practice the art of “upcycling”, or literally turning everyday trash into creative treasures. While Andy Warhol may have made the idea popular with his famous Campbell’s soup can exhibit, today’s trash artists bring more of an eco street cred to their art. Some create compositions from recycled plastic bag or themed works for art galleries, while others create entire theme parks with trash, and even furniture from recycled materials. There seems to be no end to what kind of art you can create with the most cost-effective medium available; trash. Tim Nobel & Sue Webster Tim and Sue met while they were studying Fine Arts in University together. Vik Muniz The author arranges all of the pieces carefully, photographs the collages, and then destroys them so that they only exist as photographs. Bernard Pras David Mach

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